Tottenham Hotspur were completely outclassed by Borussia Dortmund tonight as they lost the first leg of their Europa League round-of-16 tie 3-0 in Germany.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Bundesliga side a half-time lead, and Marco Reus scored a brace after the break as Dortmund put a weakened Spurs to the sword.
There was no lack of effort from Tottenham, but Mauricio Pochettino prioritised the Premier League title race with his team selection, and paid the penalty.
Here, CaughtOffside examines whether there were any silver linings that Pochettino could take from the individual performances on show at Westfalenstadion.
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GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10
This is the first time this season that Tottenham have conceded three times in a match, but their skipper was not culpable for any of Dortmund’s goals, and actually made a couple of decent saves.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 5/10
Could not get forward as normal because Dortmund made him defend relentlessly, and he struggled against the brilliant Reus, quality of the likes Trippier may never have come up against before.
CB: Toby Alderweireld – 6/10
Made a few excellent covering tackles, but even he was overwhelmed by Dortmund’s attacking firepower.
CB: Kevin Wimmer – 4/10
The Austrian has done a decent job filling in for Jan Vertonghen, but was out of his depth this evening. Made a couple of poor decisions which opened up the defence, and Tottenham were punished.
LB: Ben Davies – 5/10
The Welshman had very little defensive support and therefore, understandably, had a tough time as Erik Durm got forward at will. Aubameyang got the run on him for Dortmund’s opening goal.
CM: Ryan Mason – 4/10
Eric Dier was badly missed by Spurs as Mason could not provide Tottenham’s defence with anywhere near the same level as protection. A game too far for the midfielder in this injury-plagued season.
CM: Tom Carroll – 4/10
Endured a very difficult night. Could not move the ball forward as the hosts harassed him with their pressing game. Also lucky to avoid a sending off for catching Schmelzer in the face with a hight boot.
AMR: Josh Onomah – 6/10
The youngster certainly tried hard but had a bit of a thankless task against such superior opposition.
AMC: Son Heung-Min – 5/10
Perhaps should have had a penalty in the second half, but otherwise could do little to trouble Dortmund.
AML: Christian Eriksen – 6/10
The only player to test Roman Weidenfeller with a shot inside 45 seconds. Bright in flashes.
ST: Nacer Chadli – 5/10
Isolated for much of his hour on the field, and Tottenham could never get the ball to him.
Mousa Dembele – 6/10
Tried to get on the ball and make things happen when he came on, but couldn’t do it on his own.
Erik Lamela – 5/10
The Argentine has six Europa League goals this season – but only had a yellow card to his name tonight.
Harry Kane – 5/10
It made little sense for Kane to be brought on with Tottenham 3-0 down. Pochettino had made the decision to rest him, and the tie was gone. Even he can’t rescue Spurs at White Hart Lane.
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